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Comment: Apple's Phony Conscience (Score 1) 926

So is Apple going to close its South Asia headquarters in Singapore, where homosexuality is a felony punishable by 2 years in prison?

Or do they not actually care about civil rights and are just trying to hook onto their customer base's current "cause of the week" in a cynical attempt to get good PR?

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 2) 878

A Christian baker should not have to bake a wedding cake for a gay "marriage". Likewise, should a muslim photographer be forced to photograph it?

But an atheist baker has to indulge a Christian cashier who think company policies don't apply to them. Because Evangelicals are fine with forcing involuntary service on everyone else.

Comment: Technically Not Illegal (Score 1) 760

For example Steve Jobs was known to park in handicapped spots and drive around without license plates.

Under California law, when you buy a new car from a dealer, there is a six month grace period to give you time to get license plates for it.

Steve Jobs literally bought a new car every six months so that he never had to actually get license plates for any of them.

Comment: Law of Small Numbers (Score 1) 163

by Stormy Dragon (#49226289) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

DNA fingerprinting isn't completely unique. Now when used the normal way, testing someone who has come under suspicions for other reasons, a match may be unlikely enough that it has evidential value. But when the you reverse the process ("get me anyone in the country who matches this DNA whether we have any reason to suspect them or not"), there's a good chance of going after an innocent party as that group is going to have a number of people in it, all but one of whom is innocent.

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1) 517

by Stormy Dragon (#49186047) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Okay, the "most" was a bit hyperbolic, but it my point still stands that the publishers of academic journals have long been against open access long before this. They've fought hard against FRPAA (Federal Research Public Access Act) and the NIH Open Access Policy for years for the same reasons. So it's not out of bounds to point out that ASA has a conflict of interest here.

Comment: Re:the solution (Score 1) 114

by Stormy Dragon (#49143037) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

And the online companies in question probably have deanonymized all those accounts and know exactly who is really behind them

Example: How hard is it to 'de-anonymize' cellphone data?

Researchers at MIT and the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, analyzed data on 1.5 million cellphone users in a small European country over a span of 15 months and found that just four points of reference, with fairly low spatial and temporal resolution, was enough to uniquely identify 95 percent of them.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 245

by Stormy Dragon (#49132131) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

"The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics"

the number of F.D.A.-approved antibiotics has decreased steadily in the past two decades. Now.Ezekiel J. Emanuel writes at the NYT that the problem with the development of new antibiotics is profitability. "There's no profit in it, and therefore the research has dried up..."

If by "peculiar" you mean "completely expected".

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.